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Skype Disrupts Enterprise Video Collaboration

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Skype will introduce a group video chat feature that positions the company against players such as Cisco, Polycom and Lifesize in the video conferencing market. A free beta will be available to users, with a paid service launching in a few months.

Skype reportedly will be rolling out a new function that will let up to five people participate in a video call at the same time, a capability that will let it counter the video conferencing capabilities of such vendors as Cisco Systems and Polycom.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype's consumer business segment, said that it will launch a public beta program for the feature, which initially will be available for free but will become a paid service within the next three to four months.

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